A small and enthusiastic group turned out over the Memorial weekend to inaugurate Jennifer's Creating with Clay workshop. Jen conducted an informal show-and-tell to begin, while we ooh'ed and aah'ed over bowls and cups built in pinch and slab technique and admired the turquoise, chili, marshmallow, clear, tan, celadon, matte blue, and more glazes on display.
A quick primer on throwing slab followed, and we were off, getting our hands dirty while learning about stamping and carving and playing around with geometric, floral, and organic shapes – including some repurposed cookie cutters and a brilliant use for the rolling pin traditionally used to make a certain kind of Swedish cookie. While our slabs dried up a bit we moved on to pinch pots and discovered that nothing is as easy as it looks!
As the class wound up – after a wonderful lunch of tortellini with shaved squash, watermelon salad, frangiopane tarts, lingonberry and elderflower refreshers, and cheese – each of us had multiple pieces to show for our efforts. There were cylinder vases imprinted with the texture of a burlap bag, extra-super-venti coffee cups with Alice in Wonderland handles, shallow dishes with a single, minimalist stamp . . . . Although we'd all started with the same raw material, each student brought her/his own aesthetic sensibility to the pieces made and the finishing techniques applied.
Now we wait for the firing and glazing! We'll post more photos then.